Judd Trump (@1.25) vs David Gilbert (@3.75)
11-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Judd Trump will win

Judd Trump – David Gilbert Match Prediction | 11-09-2019 02:00

No stranger to 147s after potting the 147th during a Championship League match in January, Gilbert was forced to cross-double the final red and ran out of position on the black. Gilbert showed early nerves as he slipped two frames behind but staged a sparkling recovery including potting 15 reds and 14 blacks to raise hopes of clinching the 50,000 jackpot for a maximum.

Judd Trump Bearing in mind that he earned more points than anyone last season, and that Ive tipped him to be the star of the new season, it follows that I expect Trump to be number one soon. If he gets back there, he could very well stay on top for five or six years this time. Its been largely forgotten that hes already been number one when he was 23, but it was only for a very short while.

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With a taste of the single table set-up, the Kettering cueist will be desperate to make a return. The Scot has gone under the radar a touch but has actually been one of the most improved players on the circuit of late. The Paul Hunter Classic and German Masters champion reached the last four twelve months ago and was eventually undone by John Higgins but, like the four-time world champion, Wilson boasts a suitable temperament for the big occasion. Scott Donaldson was the last player to emerge from the 2019 World Snooker Championship qualifiers late on Wednesday night after a dramatic 10-9 victory over Lu Ning. With two semi-final and a couple of quarter-final appearances in ranking events this season, Donaldson is beginning to become more recognisable at the business end of comps. Kyren Wilson could be a dark horse for this years tournament as hes got all the necessary tools to do well in the 17-day Marathon of the Mind. His debut berth in the World Championship shouldnt come as any great surprise then, but its difficult to envisage him going any further.

I know hes had health problems which obviously havent helped. Liam Highfield He has always struck me as a very talented player but hasnt yet made his big breakthrough. He could be a bit like Kyren Wilson, who suddenly broke through in Shanghai a few years ago and hasnt looked back since. One good tournament is really all it takes.

Gilbert came close to a maximum break as he marked his debut in the venues one-table setup in style by forging a 5-3 overnight lead against the four-times champion John Higgins. Wilson, who came through qualifying, also gave the title favourite, Judd Trump, all he could handle with a magnificent 140 total clearance capping an excellent evening session in which the pair finished level at 4-4.

Catch-up: World Snooker Championship semi-finals - Judd Trump, David Gilbert & John Higgins in action

Still, while Zhou should represent a decent workout for Allen, its hard to look past the 33 year-old in terms of reaching the last 16 on this occasion. Allen skipped the China Open, an unusual decision that cost him his spot in an easier looking top half of the draw. The Northern Irishman has been one of the players of the season, although things have gone a touch quiet since he captured a brace of ranking titles and reached the UK Championship final at the end of the calendar year. The 2009 semi-finalist will be hoping that the advantage to all that will be a fresh outlook ahead of the sports most vigurous examination. Another mouthwatering prospect in this bracket of the 2019 World Snooker Championship draw is the match between Mark Allen and Zhou Yuelong. To some critics out there, the Chinese players are often unfairly being labeled as failures and underachievers, which is somewhat hilarious considering the majority of them are either teenagers or in their early twenties. Zhou is one of the leading protagonists in the huge pack of young Chinese stars that are emerging.

Wilsons Crucible odyssey shows no signs of ending after a remarkable tournament which saw a final-frame win over Luca Brecel followed by strong victories over Mark Selby and Ali Carter. Neither the fabled one-table setup nor Trumps reputation seemed to faze him, and after sharing the opening two frames Wilson compiled his superb clearance which was only one short of Trumps current tournament best.

In the same year Higgins beat Trump for the title, Gilbert was having to re-qualify for the tour while Wilson was scrapping for a second chance playing low-key club matches in his native north-east. Higgins and Trump had started as the overwhelming favourites to set up a repeat of their 2011 final against opponents who have spent the best part of a decade battling for their tour survival.

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The 28 year-old is one of six Chinese in the draw, four of whom are set to make their debuts on the famous stage. Li has risen into the top 32 in the world rankings this season and is undoubtedly a dangerous player. The latter, of course, has become somewhat of a master at the longer format and has reached the semi-finals or better in five out of the last six editions. Some people might be surprised to learn that Li Hang, despite first turning professional in 2008, has never actually played in the World Championship at the Crucible. The Hawk hasnt enjoyed an especially good campaign but might fancy his chances in an open looking top quarter of the draw to repeat his now trademark run to the last four. But its never easy at the Crucible, never mind when its a first appearance, and facing someone like Barry Hawkins doesnt make the task any simpler.

Murphy is on a bit of a hiding to nothing in this one and he could find himself in trouble if he cant stamp his authority on the contest quickly. The Magician has lost all of his tricks and has been a constant loser in the early rounds of ranking events this season. Probably the most damning statistic is that, on the one-year rankings list, Murphy squeaks just inside the top 50 at number 48. Luo Honghao, meanwhile, is another one of the Chinese debutants and at 19 is the only teenager in the field. What has happened to Shaun Murphy? That youthful exuberance could stand the rookie in good stead and Murphy isnt a stranger to disappointing defeats to young Chinese players, with Yan Bingtao, Zhao Xintong, and Yuan Sijun all notably taking the scalp of the 2005 world champion as inexperienced challengers in the past. Murphy won the Champion of Champions and reached several ranking event finals last season but since relocating to Ireland in the summer his game has been in tatters.

Judd Trump It is hard to see past Trump. Having finally got the monkey off his back by winning the world title predicted for him since almost before he could walk, The Juddernaut will Im sure be focusing even more on winning and peaking for the big ones this season. Should be targeting being a multiple World Champion in his career, and no better time to begin that quest.

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Which Mark Selby is going to turn up? A lot depends on which Selby actually turns up. Selbys displays on home soil have predominantly been dismal, reaching the last four of a UK-based ranking event only twice in two years. Zhao gave Selby a stern check in the semi-finals of the China Championship in September the only piece of silverware in Selbys cabinet from a forgettable period. The 22 year-old must have been a despondent character twelve months ago when he dropped off the Main Tour but immediately bounced back via Q School and in one season is already in the cusp of breaking into the top 64 in the world rankings. Zhao Xintong is arguably the most improved player of the season. Most of his strong showings have come in China and its against one of that nations highly fancied young stars who he faces first. The Jester just lost his coveted world number one position for the first time in more than four years and has looked a shadow of the self that captured three world titles in four years between 2014 and 2017. Theres no reason to think that Zhao, a heavy scorer when in full flow, cant put it up to the Leicesterman again on this occasion. Thats what a lot of people are wondering as we get set for the 2019 World Snooker Championship.

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Its also true that first time world champions often struggle with the added weight of expectation and scrutiny but there are so many tournaments now and a lot of trophies to play for. You could argue some of the pressure is off him now hes triumphed at the Crucible. Hes not yet 30 and has done the triple crown and is now in the perfect position to push on and start winning more titles. Judd Trump Judd was my choice last year (just saying) and he goes into this season with the final piece of the jigsaw: the world title. If he keeps his focus he will win plenty more. Its crazy to think how some people had written him off.